French words

3. Origin. While we’re on the subject of origins, we thought you should know that the word origin made its way to England from France! The original French spelling of this word is origine.

5. Coupon.  For all of you who love discounts, you might be surprised that coupon has been borrowed from France. Couper means cut in French, and thus a coupon is literally «a cut piece».

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But if the subject was already complicated, and leaving aside the Viking incursions (VIII-XI) that brought terms such as «give», «leg», «skin» or «sky», the milestone that undoubtedly marks a before and after in the process of evolution of the language (the end of what we can call «Old English» and the beginning of what is known as «Middle English») is undoubtedly the Battle of Hastings (1066).

Logically, with William and the advent of a whole collection of nobles and characters of all ranks and conditions, French also crossed the Channel and became the language used by the upper classes, the government, the law and the church. From its influence we get current terms such as «army», «court», «prison», «tax» or «defense».

However, if you are invaded, you are generally not very keen to learn the language of the conquerors so, especially in the early days, while «the powerful» spoke French, the «common people» continued to use «English». The peasants raised «sheep», «cows» and «swine» (of Saxon origin) but the upper-middle classes ate «mutton», «beef» and «pork» (from French).

Spanish words that come from english

The concept of Force Majeure in common law is, however, broader than that of Act of God and includes all unforeseeable and unavoidable events, whatever their origin, whether natural (hurricane, earthquake, tsunami) or human (terrorist action, war, strike or riot).

The expression voir dire (or voire dire) literally means «to speak the truth». Although in today’s French voir means to see, in Old French, or in the Norman dialect, perhaps, voire derived directly from the Latin vera or verum (the truth).

It makes perfect sense, because originally the jury was nothing more than a gathering of people who acted for the local sheriff as witnesses to an event, and these witnesses were asked to tell the truth.

Today it is used to designate the preliminary procedure of selecting jurors to act in a trial. It is that which we have seen many times in the movies, when a lawyer or the judge asks certain things of potential jurors to find out if they are qualified to serve on the jury or not.

How to say french in english

This is a good way to start, because this word describes something fundamental when learning any foreign language: getting out of your comfort zone. The verb dépayser contains the word pays, meaning «country,» and the prefix de-, which, just as in English, can connote «elimination» or «negation.» Thus, a literal one-word translation could be something like «to displace». To be dépaysé (adj.) would be to be «dislocated,» out of your environment, to change your habits, to be disoriented.

The noun dépaysement – «dislocation» – can be translated as «culture shock,» «disorientation,» or «change of scene.» Dépayser can also be used as a reflexive -se dépayser-, so you could «displace» yourself or change your habits. So, even if you don’t have to literally leave your country to get out of your comfort zone, this word expresses a fundamental relationship between your habits and your culture. It could be the antidote to the next word.

Pay attention and you’ll hear it constantly, but no one seems to realize they’re saying «vacuously»! Vachement is part of the fabric of everyday language and its connection to vache, seemingly overshadowed, is testimony to the supreme ubiquity achieved by the cow in France. It is everything in general and nothing in particular.


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